In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#5011-z)
Horace K. Ford was an enlisted Union soldier from New Hampshire, stationed from 19 October 1862 to 15 April 1863 at New Bern, N.C. By 17 June 1863, Ford was at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, N.C., where he was a patient and served as a nurse. Ford's wife and daughter Celia lived at Strafford Corner or Rye, N.H., during the war. Though he complained of bad health, Horace K. Ford survived the Civil War into old age
The collection consists of seven letters, 19 October 1862-17 June 1863, written by Horace K. Ford from either New Bern or Beaufort, N.C., to his wife and daughter in either Strafford Corner or Rye, N.H. In the letters, Ford detailed his daily life as an enlisted soldier in the Union army. He commented on camp life and on his stay at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, both as a patient and as a nurse. The collection includes a group photograph of four elderly men, apparently Ford and his brothers, all of whom were Civil War veterans. Also included are a black silk sash with "C. W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, Dover, New Hampshire" printed in silver; a metal Grand Army of the Republic pin; and small cream-colored card with an engraving labeled "General MacClellan."